Whenever life gets too hectic, this is my go-to recipe time and again. Thankfully, both Mr Douglas and I love it. J It’s really simple and it’s very versatile. You can mix up the ingredients for a bit of variety, leave some out if you don’t have them in the pantry, and add new ingredients if you’re in the mood to experiment.
|My base base ingredients|
The base ingredients need to remain the same, though. They’re:
· ½ to 1 kg of chicken, diced (I’ve used both breast and thigh)
· 1 x jar of salsa sauce
· 1 x packet of fajita or taco mix
Spray the crockpot with non-stick spray and then add all of the ingredients and mix well with a small amount of water (about ¼ of a cup—I swirl it in the salsa jar to get all of the salsa out).
Now you can add the extras. These are what I usually use:
· 1 x red onion, diced
· 1 x carrot, sliced
· 2 x sticks of celery, sliced
Other ingredients that work well here include a can of corn kernels (Mr Douglas, however, isn’t a fan), sliced mushrooms, a zucchini, or even some diced pumpkin. Often I’ll throw in a handful of pickled jalapenos.
|I forgot to take a picture once it was done! But here it is all steamy and fragrant while cooking.|
An hour before serving I add a 400g can of red kidney beans.
Cook on slow for 7-8 hours, and serve with rice and a dollop of sour cream.
About Michelle Douglas:
She has worked an assortment of jobs. Everything from waitress at a wedding convention centre (where the staff oohed and ahhed over fairytale wedding dresses) to answering the complaints line at a call centre for a bank. All of which have provided her with endless ideas for stories.
Her own "happy-ever-after" came in 1998 when she eloped to England with husband Greg. They were married in Westminster – the town hall not the Abbey – lived on tinned soup for a month so they could afford to spend their wedding night in The Dorchester, and then flew out the next day to honeymoon in Paris.
She is a sucker for happy endings, heroines who have a secret stash of chocolate, and heroes who know how to laugh. When she's not writing she can usually be found with her nose buried in a book.
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